Tharanga set to play first Test match in more than six years

Tharanga's last Test match came against England in December 2007

Tharanga’s last Test match came against England in December 2007

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Sri Lanka batsman Upul Tharanga is set to play his first Test match in more than six years after he was included in the Test squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.

Tharanga regained his spot in the Test team after a solid domestic season and some excellent performances with the Sri Lanka A squad.

He scored two centuries while captaining Sri Lanka A in a home series against the England Lions and finished with a brilliant average of 59. In addition to that, he averaged 43.59 during the Premier League Tournament.

Tharanaga is set to open the batting for Sri Lanka as he replaced regular opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who has struggled with the bat as of late.

Batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage, spinner Ajantha Mendis and the pace duo of Dhammika Prasad and Suranga Lakmal have all been picked in the 15-man squad as well.

Sri Lanka Test Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad, Chanaka Welagedara

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